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JCB's remote control excavator

remote control JCBJCB has developed a unique, remotely-operated excavator for one of the UK’s leading demolition specialists.

Birmingham-based Coleman & Company wanted the bespoke 21-tonne machine to work on a tightly-controlled project at Birmingham's New Street station.

The work is being carried out on a suspended floor above the station while 140,000 passengers a day are still using the rail service below.

Development of the groundbreaking machine required close co-operation between Coleman Engineering Services, dealer Gunn JCB and JCB Heavy Products, in Uttoxeter.

Coleman & Company Technical Manager, Chris Holland, said: “We asked JCB to design a bespoke machine that could carry out specific tasks in high risk and technically challenging environments."

"Nothing was ever an issue or problem. This was very encouraging as the stakes are very high at New Street given we’ll be operating above twelve live train lines carrying thousands of passengers per day.”

The new JCB machine is expected to work on the project for the next nine months.

Remote control enables the operator to work the machine from an elevated platform or cherry picker above the area being demolished.